NHL Betting: Kings look to get on roll

Fresh off their first victory of the season, the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings will look to turn around their slow start early this week with games against the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators on the NHL betting lines.

Los Angeles had lost three games in a row to the Blackhawks, Avalanche, and Oilers before finally breaking into the win column on Saturday in a 4-2 road victory over the Phoenix Coyotes as a -130 favorite on the NHL betting lines at Bovada.

Now the Kings will look to make it two victories in a row when they face the Canucks at home on Monday night. Los Angeles is 4-1 on the NHL odds over its past five games against Vancouver, with all of those contests coming in the first-round playoff series between the teams last season. The UNDER has paid out in three straight Kings vs. Canucks matchups.

Los Angeles then gets two days off before returning to action on Thursday night at home against the Predators. The Kings are 7-3 over their past 10 games against the Predators, with the OVER/UNDER going 6-4 for totals bettors at the sportsbooks in those contests.

After playing at the Staples Center on Monday the Canucks will head back home to take on the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night this week. The Canucks have won seven games in a row against the Avalanche dating back to March 2011.

Over in the Eastern Conference one of the marquee NHL betting matchups for early in the week is on Tuesday night as the New York Rangers play host to the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.

Flyers supporters saw their team pick up a rare payday on the NHL odds at Bovada against the Rangers when the rivals met for the first time this season last week, as Philadelphia topped New York 2-1 at home in an UNDER result for totals bettors at the sportsbooks.

The Flyers had been 0-8 over their previous eight games against the Rangers dating back to March 2011, while the OVER/UNDER had gone 4-1 in the last five games between Philadelphia and New York until last week's result.

New York will then stay at home for a Thursday night clash against Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins, with the Rangers getting tagged with the loss in each of the last five games between the two teams. The OVER has paid out for totals bettors on the NHL odds in each of their last three meetings.

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